The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy

The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy

by Timothy Keller


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An angry prophet. A feared and loathsome enemy. A devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people.

The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It is also the most misunderstood. Many people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with Jonah: A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale. But there's much more to Jonah's story than most of us realize.

In The Prodigal Prophet, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah. Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible. And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah. How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to Jesus?

Jonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish. There is an entire second half to his story—but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible. Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger? In these pages, Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable—and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735222069
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 46,174
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. In 2017 Keller moved from his role as senior minister at Redeemer to the staff of Redeemer City to City, an organization that helps national church leaders around the world reach and minister in global cities. He is the author of God's Wisdom for Navigating Life, Hidden Christmas, Making Sense of God, as well as The Meaning of Marriage, The Prodigal God, and The Reason for God, among others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Prodigal Prophet 1

Chapter 1 Running from God (1:1-3a) 9

Chapter 2 The World's Storms (1:3b-4) 23

Chapter 3 Who Is My Neighbor? (1:5-6) 31

Chapter 4 Embracing the Other (1:7-10) 43

Chapter 5 The Pattern of Love (1:11-17) 57

Chapter 6 Running from Grace (1:17-2:10) 69

Chapter 7 Doing Justice, Preaching Wrath (3:1-10) 83

Chapter 8 Heart Storms (4:1-4) 97

Chapter 9 The Character of Compassion (4:4-11) 113

Chapter 10 Our Relationship to God's World 137

Chapter 11 Our Relationship to God's World 157

Chapter 12 Our Relationship to God's Grace 203

Epilogue Who Told the Story? 227

Acknowledgments 229

Notes 231

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The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheEndeavorBlog More than 1 year ago
In a culture dominated by polarization and an us-versus-them mentality, The Prodigal Prophet has above all been a challenging but needed reminder that Christ’s love is not predicated on sameness. A person’s likeness to myself does not qualify them for the love of God. Their unlikeness to myself does not disqualify them. Full review available here
AAlways More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly timely and encouraging!